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Fantastic little camera
on 28 June 2010
Often it is handy to have a small, cheap camera that can be put in a bag or pocket to capture photos and this camera fits the bill!
Having had this camera about a month, I can say it is excellent. Pictures are sharp and clear, it is easy to use, good 3x optical zoom, digital image stabilizer (for those shaky moments) and there are many different shooting modes to suit every occasion including portrait, landscape, macro, night, fireworks, sunset, beach and party. The shooting mode that I use most often is "scene recognition auto", where the camera automatically analyses the scene and selects the most suitable scene setting without the user having to do anything!
I must say the two features that were a bonus to the camera purchase were the panoramic mode and the ability to shoot HD video.
-In panoramic mode you can take 3 pictures side by side and the camera will "stitch" them together to form a large panoramic image. I love this feature and have spent hours taking some really cool photos. If you are really serious about it, then it would be advisable to get a tripod, however I have also taken some good photos without one (and some not so good ones, but its easy to delete and start again)! The panoramic mode is an excellent feature that can be fun (trying to get the same person in one large panoramic photo 3 times) and can also produce some high quality panoramic landscape shots.
-The HD video is also a great feature. You can shoot up to 15 mins and it is handy to get those quick action moments that you may otherwise have missed!
The camera is powered by AA batteries, this nearly put me off buying the camera as I usually use rechargeable batteries and I know that cameras can be power hungry when it comes to AA batteries. However, I used the camera for a 2 week holiday, taking over 200 photos and messing about with settings and playback and only had to change the batteries once. Plus it would be possible to buy AA rechargeable batteries and at least you can always buy AA batteries in most shops unlike camera model specific rechargeable batteries!
Anyway, if you are looking for a cheap camera that is easy to use and will give you high quality photos then I highly recommend the Fujifilm FinePix AV100.